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Millennium Development Goals

September 21, 2010

Ten years have passed since world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in New York agreed on a blueprint of eight development goals to improve life in underdeveloped countries by 2015.

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Image for the film "8," which deals with the MDGs
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Ten years have passed since world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in New York agreed on a blueprint to improve life in underdeveloped countries by 2015. Eight so-called "Millennium Development Goals" or MDGs were set up. These range from halving extreme poverty and halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, to providing primary education to all children and reducing infant and maternal deaths.

But two-thirds of the way to the goals' 2015 deadline, the progress that has been made is only partial and sporadic.

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